Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory
|Društvo Igor Zabel za kulturo in teorijo|
|Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 40 873 360|
|Founded by||Mateja Kos Zabel, Bojan Zabel, ERSTE Foundation.|
|Urška Jurman, Programme manager|
Igor Zabel was a Slovene curator, writer and cultural theorist who, during his entire life, was actively involved in many fields of theory and culture – as a philosopher, author, essayist, modern and contemporary art curator, literary and art critic, translator, and model for new generations of curators and critics of contemporary art. As a curator and writer, he tirelessly called for the profound exploration of those political, social and cultural undercurrents that had the potential to give us a better understanding of the post-communist world of today.
From 1984 to 1986 he worked as free-lance writer and since 1986 as curator of Moderna galerija (Museum of Modern Art). In his work as curator he organised numerous exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art presenting artists from Slovenia and abroad. From 1998 to 2000 he was coordinator of Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana. In 2003 he curated the show Individual Systems as part of the 50th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennial.
Zabel also published two books of essays on contemporary art and a number of essays and articles in catalogues and magazines. He was editor of the magazine of the Museum of Modern Art M’ars and co-editor of the journal of contemporary curatorship MJ Manifesta Journal.
In November 2012 Contemporary Art Theory, a comprehensive selection of Igor Zabel’s writings in the English language, was published by JRP Ringier in co-edition with Les presses du réel and Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, ERSTE Foundation and Moderna galerija, Ljubljana. Zabel’s texts tackle modern and contemporary art from Socialist Realism and Conceptual Art to Post-Modernism and Contextual Art, particularly in Slovenia and Eastern Europe, and thus provide also insight into Zabel’s curatorial strategies. The book is edited by Igor Španjol and divided into four chapters: East-West and Between, Strategies and Spaces of Art, Ad Personam (individual artists and thematic phenomena) and Extras (selected columns on arts and culture).
In 2016 the IZA Editions series of books in English was launched by Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory and Archive Books (Berlin), the first publication by Beti Žerovc tackling the issue of contemporary curatorship.
- Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory
- Table of Contents & Introduction by Beti Žerovc: When Attitudes Become the Norm, The Contemporary Curator and Institutional Art
- Igor Zabel: Contemporary Art Theory publication info
- Presentation of the book Continuing Dialogues. A Tribute to Igor Zabel
- Frieze Foundation about Igor Zabel
- In Erinnerung an Igor Zabel 1958—2005 by Mária Hlavajová (in German)
- Obituary: Igor Zabel (1958–2005) by Henry Meyric Hughes on the AICA website